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by Sophie Gayot


For those of you who want to learn more about the chefs who are the recipients of the 2013 GAYOT.com U.S. Restaurant Awards, watch the video above. It was filmed during Chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show Food & Wine, which airs every Sunday morning in the Los Angeles area on KFWB News Talk 980.

Continue reading “The Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue” »



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Mar

Find out which are the best restaurants in America for 2013

Find out which are the best restaurants in America for 2013

We have just published GAYOT’s Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. The 2013 edition also names chef Thomas Keller as U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year.

 

Of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. selected, nine of them did not appear on last year’s list, and three of those, The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Michael Mina and The Willows Inn, are gracing the list for the very first time. Six that made Top 40 lists in earlier years are making a comeback: Bacchanalia, Bouley, CityZen, Corton, Georgian Room and The Restaurant at Meadowood. That means that nine from last year’s list did not make the cut: Cyrus, The Herbfarm, L’Espalier, Masa’s, Michel Richard Citronelle, Patina, Restaurant Eugene, TRU and Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.

Continue reading “GAYOT’s 2013 Restaurant Issue” »



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Mar

by Sophie Gayot


The Vatican in Rome has a new Pope, while Culina Modern Italian, the restaurant at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills, has a new chef: Mette Williams. I have been following her career as she worked her way through the kitchens of Wolfgang Puck‘s Spago Beverly Hills and CUT as well as Lexington Social House and One Pico.

Continue reading “New Chef at Culina Modern Italian” »



2013 Almost Famous Chef competition  Kristen Thibeault with Sophie Gayot

2013 Almost Famous Chef competition winner Kristen Thibeault with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The winners of the 11th S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif., have just been announced.


During two challenges, The Mystery Basket yesterday, and The Signature Dish today, ten competitors had to prove to the judges that they can cook. The chef judges were Rick Moonen, Tony Mantuano, Jean Joho (2012 GAYOT.com Best Restaurateur in the US), Michel Richard, Susur Lee, and Mark McEwan; the media judges Dana Cowin, Mitchell Davis, Jacob Richler, Betsy Andrews, and me.

Continue reading “S.Pellegrino 2013 Almost Famous Chef Competition Winners” »



The End of the Rules

on February 25th, 2013
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Feb

SUR Restaurant & Lounge business partner Nathalie Zapata (center), general manager Peter Madrigal (right) and two wait staff

SUR Restaurant & Lounge business partner Nathalie Zapata (center), general manager Peter Madrigal (right) and two wait staff

by Sophie Gayot

Bravo TV series Vanderpump Rules started airing in January with a happy cast. It stars the wait staff and bartenders at SUR Restaurant & Lounge, who work under the firm hand of restaurant partner Lisa Vanderpump, one of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”.

By the end Season One almost everybody is crying or has cried, except Vanderpump. As the finale is airing tonight, I think business partner Nathalie Zapata and general manager Peter Madrigal will have lots on their hands to keep the boys and girls working together as a team until Season Two starts.

And since SUR Restaurant & Lounge is one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Sexy Restaurants in Los Angeles, maybe the atmosphere will foster a surprise.



by Sophie Gayot


From Montage Beverly Hills Luxurious Private Residences, 90210


Last night I got together with our special reporter inside Wolfgang Puck’s kitchen, where the master-chef was preparing the feast for the 1,500 guests who on Sunday will be attending the world’s ultimate after-party: the Oscars
® Governors Ball.


As that connection I mentioned was Alison Crary, the red winemaker of Sterling Vineyards, she first told me about the wines that will be poured to the A++ crowd. Watch the exclusive video above to hear about the selections and how Crary paired them with the food and desserts.

Continue reading “What Guests Will Be Drinking at the Oscars Governors Ball” »



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Feb

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the Year of the Snake, I had many dining options available. I chose to go to Joss Cuisine/Traditional in Beverly Hills, CA. It was a good pick! The restaurant has improved its cuisine, and now bears a rating of 14/20, which is one point higher than it was at my last visit. It has also been added to the GAYOT.com Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles list.

Continue reading “Celebrating Chinese New Year!” »



Peter Madrigal - Sophie Gayot

SUR Restaurant & Lounge Peter Madrigal with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


It looks like Peter Madrigal, the general manager at SUR Restaurant & Lounge, is going to have to do lots of hand holding after last week’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Vanderpump’s new TV show. Stassi, a server, invited some of the waiting staff to go to Las Vegas to help celebrate her birthday. But the trip to Sin City turned into a big fiasco after an incident at the Moroccan Marrakech restaurant.


As SUR Restaurant & Lounge has just been named one of GAYOT.com’s 2013 Top 10 Places to Kiss in the U.S., we believe that Madrigal will have even more work to do. SUR Restaurant & Lounge is FULLY booked for Valentine’s Day. But I hear that they might extend the special “love” menu to the next evening. I’ll keep you posted.

Continue reading “Lots Happening at SUR Restaurant & Lounge” »



18

Jan

by Sophie Gayot


There is sunny Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and there is the Champs-Élysées in Paris, which is buried under snow as I write this. Each of these prestigious streets has only a single hotel directly located on them: the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Élysées and Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. While there are many restaurants with terraces on the most beautiful avenue in the world (“la plus belle avenue du monde”), there is only one on the walk of style: On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge.


Discover the restaurant with my exclusive video interview of hotel general manager Marcus Mueller and French executive chef Olivier Rousselle. Read the just published review of the restaurant to learn its rating and more.

Continue reading “French Restaurant on Rodeo Drive” »



by Sophie Gayot


Vanderpump Rules, the new television show that debuts on Bravo tonight, features Lisa Vanderpump Todd from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills“, and is set in her business, SUR Restaurant. The reality show focuses on the drama that goes on between the bartenders and the servers, six friends who have real moments. It is a real-life soap opera taking place in a restaurant where Lisa makes the rules.


Watch the video above for a sneak peak of the restaurant. In my exclusive interview with her partner Guillermo Zapata (yes, he does look like George Clooney), I bring you a more harmonious story about the décor and the food. The décor — created by Vanderpump herself — is why we named this restaurant to GAYOT.com’s list of Top 10 Sexy Restaurants in Los Angeles. The lounge, which is actually as large as the restaurant, is on GAYOT.com’s Top 10 Lounges in Los Angeles. You should make a reservation before you head there, as the restaurant is already one of GAYOT.com’s Hot 10 Restaurants in Los Angeles before the show even airs!

Continue reading “The Real SUR Restaurant of Lisa Vanderpump Todd” »



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